The Brass Bottle

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A movie from a different era, but with a timeless charme, this comedy served as inspiration for the famous I dream of Jeannie, but it has a different edge - and of course a deuteragonist that is not quite as sexy as Barbara Eden (here playing a character completely different from her iconic TV role) but pleasing to see for other reason. Burl Ives is delightfully hammy in the uber-corny role of a discount Arabian nights djinn, with special effect that are so poor you can't even say they aged poorly - in fact, they add to the pleasant retro feel of the whole movie. Worth of being called a cult classic.

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Continuity mistake: When the genie waves his hand and shrinks the inquiring committee, the pens on the table change position. (01:24:25)

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Fakrash: Select the design you wish and 3,000 houses will appear before your entire city.
Harold Ventimore: You can't put up houses like that!
Fakrash: Oh, yes I can! With one wave of my hand.
Harold Ventimore: Listen, Mr. Fakrash, you don't own this land. And even if you did, you can't build on it without a building permit. Then detailed plans have to be drawn up, then the building Inspectors have to OK them, then they have to approve every step of the work: foundation, plumbing, electrical... Furthermore, all materials must be union made and all work must be done by union labor.
Fakrash: When the Pharaohs put up the pyramids, they had no such problems. In those days...
Harold Ventimore: - These aren't those days, they're these days. There is no room for magic now. Everything must be done legitimately today.

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Trivia: Harold's quote to Fakrash "What we obtain too easily we esteem too lightly and it has little value" is in fact a famous utterance by Thomas Paine (Dec 23, 1776) that reads: "What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value."

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